Senior Editor Richard Talcott and several lucky readers will observe more than 4 minutes of totality while cruising along the Marquesas Islands and the Tuamotu Archipelago. Meanwhile, about 2,400 miles (3,900 kilometers) away, Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich will witness the eclipse with another group at Easter Island, home of the famous Moai sculptures. Both editors will try to send regular updates and images from their trips, but Internet access in their areas will be unpredictable. Still, follow Astronomy on Twitter
for Bakich's updates from his phone.
If you're lucky enough to be joining them, or to be going on your own trip, try to arrive at your observation site at least an hour before first contact (when the Moon just touches the Sun's disk). And if this is your first total eclipse, keep it simple. Don't try to photograph or study the event with anything more complicated than your naked eyes. Remember, though, that sunlight can quickly damage the eye's retina. For a direct view of the Sun, use only an approved solar filter or a #14 welder's glass, which most eclipse expeditions will supply. And, lastly, if you do to photograph the eclipse, make sure to upload your favorite shots to Astronomy.com's Online Reader Gallery